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Alston Road Traffic Calming

     Report from the EHIA Traffic Committee

 

“Over the past two years, the EHIA Traffic Committee (Kathy Marvin, Terry Tyler) have been working closely with the City of Santa Barbara’s Supervising Traffic Engineer, Derrick Bailey, to ensure that the recently completed slurry seal overlay of Eucalyptus Hill and Alston Roads optimized pedestrian safety and reduced vehicular speed.

 

There were two specific areas and objectives that were focused: 1) reducing speed on Alston Rd and providing increased pedestrian space, and 2) improving the Barker Pass Rd. intersection with Eucalyptus Hill Rd. to achieve a more forcible means to stop cars and prevent “cruising” the stop sign.

 

To achieve the Alston pedestrian safety, the EHIA Traffic Committee got City approval several years ago to make shoulder improvements by removing vegetation, adding fill to create a level path, and spreading gravel on top of the path on the ocean side of the road. This now extends to Rametto Rd, and is known as the Alston Trail. Additionally, Mr. Bailey cooperated with the Traffic Committee’s request to place the City’s radar speed indicator unit on Alston, Eucalyptus Hill and Barker Pass Roads for extended periods. This speed feedback to vehicles caused many to slow down. Mr. Bailey also placed several large speed limit signs on Alston to read “35 MPH, Please Respect.” To complete the improvement on Alston, the road striping applied after the slurry seal kept the center line as is, but reduced the lane width from 10 feet to 9 feet. This provides an additional foot of shoulder on both sides of Alston.

 

The method to achieve a more forcible stop where Barker Pass Rd. ends at Eucalyptus Hill Rd. was achieved by restriping after the slurry seal to “square off” the intersection and achieving a more visible need to stop.

 

We appreciate working with residents who use these roads for walking, and welcome your feedback and recommendations. Provide feedback to any of the Traffic committee members.”

 

Kathy Marvin:  kathleenmarvin@cox.net

Terry Tyler:     tjtcpa@garnertyler-cpa.com

John Ahlman:  sbaarff1@aol.com

  

 

 

 Block Captains

 

We have 42 Block Captains and 24 have wireless radios.  We would like to have more Block Captains.  Some streets have none and some have many homeowners and need more than one.  Check our web site at EHIA Admin at our list of Block Captains by street to see how you are represented. If you would like to participate in our effort to support our neighborhood in an emergency send me an email at frandall3@cox.net or call me at 805-565-9988. 


Frank Randall



 


 

 

 

 

BE PREPARED!

 

 

Disaster planning and preparation for family, home, and pets is wise and convenient for homeowners in Eucalyptus Hill.  MERRAG offers a series of CERT disaster response training classes in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

 

Confidence and skills are your most important tools when disaster strikes.

 

2nd Thursday (each month)

10 a.m - noon

Montecito Fire Station

595 San Ysidro Road

 

 


PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG SIGNS – We have new signs available to paid members to post in your neighborhood to remind people that they are responsible to pick up after their dogs when walking them along our streets.

 

Paid Members get one FREE sign, additional signs are available for $20 each.  Contact Dave Gress or any Board Member for signs.

 

 

 



 

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Alston Traffic Calming
Your Improvement Association is implementing Alston Traffic Calming

 

The EHIA Board has had ongoing conversation with the City of Santa Barbara Traffic Engineer since October of 2010. It is our intent  to calm the traffic on Alston Road to make it a safer place for pedestrians. 

 

We have had many meetings with the city. We had targeted Fall of 2012 to implement several changes as Alston Rd was scheduled to be resurfaced then. The resurfacing has been delayed a year. We now look forward to Fall 2013.

 

Several traffic calming ideas have been presented to us by the City Traffic Engineer, Derrick Bailey. Among them:

 

1.  Widen the shoulders of the road

2.  Repaint the fog lines to make them more obvious

3.  Modify the striping

4.  Add a pedestrian crosswalk in the straightaway (by Norman Lane)

 

Other ideas that would be neighborhood-led include:

 

1.  Place a digital speed monitor along Alston

2.  Landscaping changes

3.  Speed cushions, place two speed cushions along the straightaway  

 

The latter ideas would require funding by the neighborhood, which would be by donation.    

 

If this project is of interest to you, please contact Terry, Homer or Kathy. We are not yet in a position to collect donations, but would love to get feedback from residents on the impact of this project and any ideas that you would support. 

 

Kathy Marvin:  kathleenmarvin@cox.net

Terry Tyler:     tjtcpa@garnertyler-cpa.com

John Ahlman:  sbaarff1@aol.com

 


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 Alston Trail

 

Goal:  To provide a safe pedestrian path along the south side of Alston Road from Eucalyptus Hill Road to the city line.    

 

This project began in the fall of 2011 with volunteers clearing brush in the city setback along the Alston Trail.   

 

The ground was leveled, fill dirt was spread, and gravel laid. The demonstration portion of the Trail (from 612 Alston to Rametto) was completed before year end, and the Trail was continued east as far as Summit Road in early 2012. Our next goal is to take the trail west to Eucalyptus Hill Road.

 

All work on the trail has been done by neighborhood volunteers, and supported by donations. For the Trail to move west, we will need additional donations.  

 

The committee that spearheaded the Alston Trail, as well as EHIA Board members are extremely pleased with the improvement the Trail has made for the many pedestrians who travel Alston Road, and feedback from the neighbors has been very positive. We are anxious to continue the work.

 

Please contact Kathy, Terry or Homer if you can support this project with a donation.  Donations have ranged form $20 to $250.    

 

Checks should be written to EHIA, flagged for the Alston Trail.

 

Kathy Marvin:  kathleenmarvin@cox.net

Terry Tyler:     tjtcpa@garnertyler-cpa.com

John Ahlman:  sbaarff1@aol.com

 

 


 

   





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